08/30/14 5:52pm
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Alexandria’s War of 1812 Signature Event Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31, marks the conclusion of the War of 1812 Commemoration. The festival will feature a cricket match, a wreath-laying ceremony, tug of war, boat tours, and more! During the weekend, three special events will take place as part of the British Challenge — members of the British Embassy taking on Alexandria in some friendly modern-day competition.

For a full list of events, visit this link.

08/30/14 3:11pm

Jeff Bridges is an actor as well as a decent country musician. Concert is sold out though.

The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall is a world-famous concert venue known for a nightly line-up of classic as well as up-and-coming jazz, country, R&B, folk and bluegrass artists in an intimate, relaxed setting. For more events at The Birchmere, visit this link.

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08/30/14 2:59pm
ACPS Lewis

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Lewis as director of procurement. She came to ACPS from the City of Roanoke, where she had served as purchasing manager since 2004 and previously worked as senior buyer.

“Ms. Lewis brings to our Financial Services Department versatile ‘across-the-board’ experience and an in-depth knowledge of procurement policies and processes. Her achievements include spearheading numerous diversity initiatives and implementing financial systems. We welcome her expertise,” Dr. Crawley said.

In Roanoke, Lewis registered the city as a member of the Commonwealth’s e-Procurement system; planned and coordinated the city’s first Women, Minority and Small Business Conference, now held annually; and wrote the municipality’s first Minority Business Enterprise Policy. She implemented the Procurement Module of a new financial system, developed complex databases, created a workflow approval system for electronic execution of contract documents and designed multiple new forms, model contracts and templates.

Previously, she worked as a buyer specialist in the Purchasing Department at Virginia Tech, as owner/trainer/consultant for Sharuhen Consultants LLC and as a buyer specialist for the Kroger Company.

Lewis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Acquisition and Contracts Management and a minor in Legal Studies, and an Associate in Acquisition and Contracts Management from Strayer University. She is working on a Master in Paralegal Studies from the George Washington University School of Law.

She is a certified purchasing manager, certified professional public buyer and Virginia contracting officer, as well as a certified master teaching instructor for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasers.

08/30/14 9:37am
Morning on King Street, Alexandria

Morning on King Street, Alexandria by Wayne Thume, on Flickr

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

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